Primary muscles: Obliques
Secondary muscles: Abs
Exercise for the opposite muscles: Alternating superman
STANDING SIDE BEND INSTRUCTIONS
1. Stand up tall with your feet shoulder-width apart, hold a dumbbell with both hands and raise your arms up and above your head.
2. Bend your torso to the right, as far as it feels comfortable, and pause.
3. Return to the initial position and bend to the left side.
4. Keep alternating sides until the set is complete.
PROPER FORM AND BREATHING PATTERN
Face front, engage your core and don’t lean forward nor back. Keep your head and neck neutral and breathe in as you slowly bend to the side. Go as far as it feels comfortable, pause for a second, and exhale as you return to the starting position.
The standing side bend targets the external and internal obliques and strengthens the side ab wall. This exercise helps to sculpt the waist, tightens the core and improves your posture and stability.
SETS AND REPS
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